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Grants, donations and sponsorship

Through its Community Vision and Strategic Plan, the City of Marion has expressed a strong commitment to support the community through a number of grant opportunities. Eligible groups will encourage community connection for all people in our community. The Community Vision is for a city that is liveable, valuing nature, engaged, prosperous, innovative and connected.

Applications should reflect diversity and inclusiveness by ensuring projects, programs and activities are inclusive and accessible as possible for all groups, including people of various gender, age, sexuality, cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs and those living with disability.

Click below for more information on the various grant opportunities available.

Community Grants (closed)

The Community Grants Program - Applications close on the 27 April 2021.

The purpose of the Community Grants Program is to assist local not-for-profits to establish and undertake projects or activities that are beneficial for the community.

Applications should reflect and support the following reports and policies:
• The City of Marion Community Vision and Strategic Plan.

• The City of Marion Equity, Access and Social Inclusion Policy Statement.

Applications should ensure programs, activities and events are inclusive and as accessible as possible for all groups, including people of various genders, ages, sexuality, cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs and those living with disability.

Grants are available to support non-profit, incorporated groups with projects benefiting the local community.

Please refer to the Community Grants Guidelines for more information on eligibility.

Multiple grants of up to $5,000 and one per round of up to $10,000 are available with a total pool of $100,000 of funding per financial year.

Community Grants Program 2021 timeline:*

2021 Community Grants open on the 25 March and are open until the 27 April.

Successful Applicants from previous rounds:

  • Ascot Park Bowls Club - Lawn Bowls Greens Roller
  • Trott Park Community Garden Inc. - Equipment enabling a communal engagement space
  • Australian Refugee Association - Women Together program
  • Dover Gardens Kennel & Obedience Club - Purchase of a Cardiac Defibrillator (AED)
  • Oaklands Community Garden Society - New shed and irrigation for garden
  • South Coast Cycling - Accredited training course for members/volunteers
  • Southbank Tennis Club - Club upgrades (BBQ, Water system and Baby change table)
  • Probus Club of Marion - IT Equipment
  • Hallett Cove Beach Tennis Club - Community Come and Try Day
  • Marion Historic Village Museum - Museum insulation upgrade
  • 5049 Coastal Community Association -Community engagement and support
  • South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron -Upgrade of radio equipment at the base
  • Community Member, Jennifer Peterson (Vietnam Vets) - Equipment for card making
  • Plympton/Glenelg RSL – Electrical upgrade
  • Cove Netball Club – Seating, shelter, pole covers

Community Event Fund (year-round)

Applications will be open each financial year until funds are exhausted. Applicants may apply for up to $2,000 per event. Subject to eligibility.

Applicants must submit complete applications one month prior to the event to ensure time for processing of application prior to the event.

What is the Community Events Fund?

The Community Event Fund holds $15,000 per financial year to assist local not for profit organisations to stage events or festivals. With the intention of providing a contribution to the cost of infrastructure for events that demonstrate a benefit to the City of Marion and which are in line with the City of Marion Strategic Plan.

If your planned event is on Council-owned land or facilities you will need to apply for a Special Event Permit.

Please refer to the Community Event Fund Guidelines for more information on how to apply and what can be funded.

Youth Development Grants (closed)

This grant is currently closed. Use Funding Finder to find additional funding opportunities for local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and residents within the City of Marion.

The Youth Development Grants Program - Applications are currently closed

The purpose of the Youth Development Grants Program is to support not-for-profits groups to deliver exciting, well-managed and relevant projects, programs and activities whilst strengthening connections for young people in our community.

The grants can assist youth organisations and services to identify projects that they feel meet a local need, utilising their experience, expertise and existing connections in the City of Marion. The Youth Development Grants will contribute to providing positive opportunities in a strong, connected and inclusive community.

Applications should reflect and support the following reports and policies:

All projects should be accessible as possible for all groups, including people of various genders, ages, sexuality, cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs and those living with disability.

Please refer to the Youth Development Grants Guidelines for more information on eligibility.

A total funding pool of $120,000 is available. Maximum $10,000 per application.

Youth Development Grants Program Current timeline:*

Successful Grants for 2020/21

Channel 44 - ‘Production to broadcast workshop’

The ‘Production to Broadcast workshop’ is a ten-week television production workshop that will cover the four stages of the television production - concept development, pre-production, production, and post-production. Participants will produce, film and edit a video sharing an issue that matters to them in the local Marion community. The final videos will air on Channel 44.

University of Adelaide - Future Ready

‘Future Ready’ is a series of interactive workshops for 14-17 years old that aim to support and expand skill and knowledge around a wide range of career opportunities on offer in the community. Topics will include the future of jobs and careers, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, future of STEM, career counselling and essential life skills. There will be opportunities to engage and connect with like-minded people, exploring innovative ways of looking at global challenges and planning for the life and career they want in this rapidly changing world. The workshops will be held at at Marion Cultural Centre and Cove Civic Centre.

YMCA Youth and Family Services

Y Connect will be a co-designed school holiday recreational and skills-based program for young people. The program will be held in the new Youth Hub on the first floor of the Marion leisure and fitness Centre. The sessions will have a focus on arts, theatre, health and fitness, education and employment. The program will aim to maintain engagement, expand skills and connect young people to their local community.

Whitelion Youth Agency

Whitelion will partner with Caravan Sounds an event/training caravan to run a series of workshops and skill development session that will cumulate as a musical youth event at an approved location in the City of Marion. Young people living in the City of Marion will have the opportunity to design, plan and facilitate the event. These young people will gain experience in event management, have access to industry professionals, space to develop a range of transferable skills that could provide opportunities for future employment.

Whitelion Youth Agency

A music and arts space will be created for young people that access the Marion Fitness and Leisure Centre. This space is utilised by a few key youth organisations including Whitelion's Flexible Learning Option services and alternative learning program, The Engine Room. This space is will aim to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all young people through art therapy practices by building young people's confidence through the production of art and helping them form positive peer and community connections. The outcome of the project will be to increased youth wellbeing, decreased antisocial behaviour in the City of Marion, and enhanced educational outcomes for young people accessing this space.

Junction Australia

Junction will coordinate two days of school holiday activities and fun located at two key City of Marion community sites: The Marion Outdoor Pool and Oaklands Skate Park Both events will be open to all young people in the community and Junction will work with other key youth organisations such as MarionLIFE, Headspace and White Lion to provide relevant and local youth info. Additionally, Junction are drafting a Oaklands Park Community Map and would like to use this as an opportunity to consult and engage with young people around a ‘co-design' concept to assist in ensuring the product is relevant to all.

YMCA SA (Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre)

Active mYnd is a project aimed at providing young people with sporting activities to help support and improve their mental and physical wellbeing. The suite of sporting activities will include court sports such as badminton, basketball, netball, tennis and volleyball through to group fitness classes such as yoga, boxing, circuit and Pilates. The program will run between Monday and Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm during the school term and will be held at the Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre. This program will be for young people not enrolled in mainstream schooling and predominantly attending the FLO programs at Marion Leisure Centre. This project was developed in response to an identified need for this group of young people.

Circobats Community Circus

The “Circus Fun- Strong Together” program offers an opportunity for young people 12-25 from diverse backgrounds to increase social connections, feel positive and build resilience whilst also improving their physical, mental and cognitive health. The Circus arts and gymnastics programs will aim to increase social inclusion whilst promoting trust and respect between individuals and groups regardless of race, culture or ability. The sessions will be held in City of Marion venues such as community centres and parks.


To keep up to date with program and project times and locations check the event calendar and like us on Facebook

To keep up to date with program and project times and locations check the event calendar and Facebook - Youth Development.

Youth Achievement Grants (year-round)

The Youth Achievement Grants Program has an annual budget of $20,000 and is available each year from 1 July until the budget is exhausted.

Young people 24 years and under are eligible to apply.

What is the Youth Achievement Grants Program?

The purpose of the Youth Achievement Grants is to encourage young people who have achieved outstanding results in their chosen field. The aim of the grants program is to award financial assistance to support young people achieving their individual goals. Grants are available for young people who are residents of the City of Marion, under the following categories but not limited to: Education and Academic Performance ,Youth Leadership eg: Youth Parliament, Youth Forums,The Arts eg: Creative, Visual and Performing, Sport and Recreation eg: State and National Competitions, Community and Culture, Technology and Innovation, Environmental Sustainability.

Applicants are eligible for

$200 - state level representation or equivalent in your chosen field

$400 - national level representation or equivalent in your chosen field

Please refer to the Youth Achievement Grants Guidelines for more information on how to apply and what can be funded.

Youth Achievement Grants Program Timeline

Current status: Open all year or until budget has been exhausted.

Youth Development Partnership Opportunities (year-round)

The City of Marion places a strong emphasis on working with partners and collaborators across the city and region, acknowledging the expertise, knowledge and creativity these diverse groups contribute in strengthening community connections for young people.

Partnerships will create opportunities for youth participation and engagement. The underlying principle of all partnerships will be the enhancement of young people’s strengths and capacity as contributors to their community and their own personal development.

Youth Partnership projects should reflect and support the following reports and policies:

If you have an idea or would like to discuss Partnership Opportunities please contact us on 08 8375 6600 during business hours or email Council@marion.sa.gov.au and quote Youth Development Partnership Enquiry.

Donations and Sponsorship (year-round)

The Donations and Sponsorship funding allows applicants to apply for up to $200 per financial year per person/organisation, subject to available funds.

What is the Donations and Sponsorship Program?

It provides funding assistance to eligible individuals, groups, and not for profit organisations for activities that benefit the City of Marion.

Applicants must clearly meet and demonstrate a social, environmental, or economic need or benefit the well being of the community.

For further information please read the Donations and Sponsorship Policy.

Successful City of Marion grant recipients are required to adhere to the current SA Government COVID-19 restrictions when implementing their programs, activities and/or events.

Apply now

The online SmartyGrants application tool allows users to work on their application progressively and securely.

Before starting your application please read the guidelines, provided in the information tabs above, for the specific funding program. Funding and eligibility criteria apply to all grants.

If you experience any technical issues when completing your application please contact SmartyGrants on 03 9320 6888.

Additional grant funding opportunities

City of Marion is excited to provide the Funding Finder to our community. This site provides a comprehensive list of grant and funding opportunities available to all local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and residents within the City of Marion. This free service can help you identify funding to support your project.

Contact details

City of Marion
Community Grants Officer / Youth Grants Officer

935 Marion Road, Mitchell Park SA 5043
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046